My son and I are in the market for a new chassis. We are planning on racing IAME X30 in the Junior class. He is 5’6″ 115 lbs. What kart do you guys suggest? We have only been karting a couple of years. If you were looking into this class – what would you buy?
One of the major things to factor in when buying a new chassis is the support you are going to receive. What are your racing plans for the 2017 season? Is there a kart shop that is in attendance at the majority of the races you are planning to attend? If so, that should be a major consideration on what chassis you select.
You can’t go wrong with the OTK products in Junior but Birel and their various derivatives (CompKart in particular) have looked really good this past year too. They have certainly closed the gap and at times outperformed the OTK brands.
Where is home and what series are you planning to run?
The problem we’ve been finding is that nobody carries Birel, at least in the SE-Wisconsin area. I’ve seen a couple Fullerton’s from McAndrews, and Ricciardo is carried by a guy but he isn’t exclusive to them and supports plenty of karts so he’s usually on OTK equipment. Imo, you can’t go wrong with OTK if you’re willing to put up the money. I know Haase is trying to make a comeback in North America; you can grab a brand new chassis for $3,500, there’s just virtually no shops around the US for them as far as I’ve seen. Again, it depends on where you are.
Should’ve mentioned I’m in Wisconsin. That’s a fair drive from MRP, and the only time I saw McAndrews was at the Route 66 event. I shouldn’t have said Midwest as it’s much more specific to the state than general region, my bad.